Thanksgiving is officially here, and while there will be plenty of parades and football on, what about some festive shows and movies for Turkey Day?
We’ve found five of the best Thanksgiving-related programs that feature dogs that are perfect to watch either while you’re waiting to eat or when you’re completely full with turkey and pie afterward.
Here are five things to watch this Thanksgiving featuring dogs
1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
This is a must! In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown, Sally, and Snoopy are supposed to be heading over to their grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving when Peppermint Patty invites her and some of their friends over for Thanksgiving dinner. What is Chuck and Snoopy supposed to do except make a meal for them? It may be a meal of candy and toast, but no judgment here. Although, can Franklin please get a better chair? If you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit with some fun Snoopy shenanigans, you can’t go wrong with A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s available to watch on Apple TV+.
2. National Dog Show
Watching the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving has been a tradition in my family since probably before I was born. We always root for the dachshund…who never wins. But really, what better way is there to spend a day than watching dogs trot around for a couple of hours? And then you get to eat a bunch of food! It’s a win all around!
3. Best in Show
Best in Show may not be Thanksgiving-related, but because it’s about a dog show, Thanksgiving is the perfect day to watch it. It includes the perfect cast of Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Micheal McKean, John Micheal Higgins, and Christopher Guest. The movie shows the “behind-the-scenes” of what happens at a dog show, including the people, who are sometimes wilder than the pets.
4. Homeward Bound
Considering lots of people go home for Thanksgiving, what better movie to watch (and cry at) than Homeward Bound? Get everyone around the TV, and instead of fighting, you’ll all be sobbing on each other’s shoulders because you’re so happy that Sassy, Shadow, and Chance made it home to their people. Just make sure you have plenty of tissues and that your pet is by your side to hug through the more difficult scenes.
5. Clifford the Big Red Dog
What would this list be without the biggest dog of them all? There is a Thanksgiving episode of Clifford the Big Red Dog called “Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit: that is just as adorable and fun as you would expect. If you want to feel nostalgic for a time when you watched the show as a kid, or you have kids of your own and want to play the episode for them, Thanksgiving weekend is a perfect time. It’s currently available on YouTube to watch for free.
What will you be watching on Thanksgiving? Stay tuned to Dog O’Day for all the latest holiday dog-related news!